Equal Voice Action (EVA) is recruiting an Executive Director to join their team. Equal Voice Action is committed to serving families throughout the United States, and will consider candidates from major hubs in urban areas across the country. Office location is open.
Here's a little about Equal Voice Action and the position they are seeking to fill: EQUAL VOICE ACTION OVERVIEW
Nearly 50 million people in poverty in United States—more than enough to positively influence politics and policies. But current efforts to politically engage the poor are not working as well as they need to be. Almost half of low-income people are not voting according to Pew Institute, 2014. Current social and economic justice efforts are heroic but fragmented and underfinanced. And the basic methods of community organizing and advocacy have not changed in 50 years. The nation is losing ground in the fight for social and economic justice.
What’s needed? A game-changing innovation. A 21st century way to organize and mobilize low-income individuals and families around the United States, to transform the policies, influence politics, and change the state of poverty in America.
The Marguerite Casey Foundation has tested and incubated a new approach for achieving social and economic justice: Equal Voice Action (EVA), an independent 501(c)(4) organization, is an innovative approach to organize and mobilize individuals and families. EVA is a national family-led membership organization focused on eliminating inequality for poor and low-income families in the United States who too often do not have a voice in policymaking.
EVA aims to bring millions of low income individuals and families into the fight for justice. EVA will:
Connect poor and low-income families to each other to build strong communities;
Support local leadership to advocate for their own solutions;
Change the narrative surrounding poor people and position low-income people as important consumers and a contributing force in the country’s economy; and
Link communities across the nation to build a power base to influence the political process.
EVA connects individuals, families, and communities through membership to mobilize action, make impact and achieve results on local, state and national issues.
EVA’S initial recruiting and development work in diverse locations has proven the concept, need, and grassroots participation. Now, EVA is prepared to prove its growth potential and effectiveness with more formal pilots and partners.
EVA seeks a passionate, innovative, mission-minded and dynamic Executive Director leader to drive growth, boost fundraising support, deliver on membership needs and make impact on eliminating inequality for poor and low-income families.
POSITION OVERVIEW The Executive Director is responsible for advancing EVA’s mission and overseeing the administration, programs, systems, processes and executing on its strategic plan set forth, and advancing the issues identified in the Equal Voice National Family Platform, by the Board of Directors and Founding Member (Marguerite Casey Foundation).
Reporting to the Equal Voice Action Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees the organization’s membership development, fundraising and operational activities. This Executive Director is a working leader responsible for providing organizational leadership; growing EVA’s membership base, outreaching to poor and low income families; assisting the Board of Directors in advancing goals, strategies, tactics and protocols. S/he will oversee all aspects of the membership organization and ensure that communication of messages to members and other stakeholders is integrated with and in alignment with the organization’s communications strategy and overall organizational direction. Responsible for leading Equal Voice Action in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors and Founding Member.
This Executive Director will also work with the Board of Directors to suggest, recommend and develop tactics and activities that advance the mission and objectives of the membership organization within its established framework.
EVA is flexible as to where the Executive Director is based. Business travel may account for as much as 30 to 40% of the time for this role.
PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION
Execute: Ensure high quality execution of the Equal Voice Action strategic plan, membership organization, membership engagement and outreach programs across the country. Ensure that EVA is in compliance with the Board-approved policies and guidelines and it supports the objective of being a member driven organization.
Deliver: Based upon the organization's strategy and growth initiatives, direct the EVA staff to evaluate current members to determine their needs and interests matches the mission and values of EVA and advances the framework, progress toward goals and objectives outlined in the EVA strategic plan.
Focus: Ensure high quality execution of the Equal Voice Action strategic plan, membership organization, membership engagement and outreach programs across the country. Ensure that EVA is in compliance with the Board-approved policies and guidelines and it supports the objective of being a member driven organization. Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
Lead: Provide leadership in executing on the membership program, organizational and financial plans with the Board of Directors, and carry out related plans and policies authorized by the Board.
Share: Regularly and fully inform the Board on the ?nancial and programmatic condition of the organization.
Promote: Market the activities of the organization.
Grow: Develop and implement successful fundraising strategies.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
Manage: Responsible for the recruitment, employment and release of paid staff. Ensure that accurate job descriptions, regular performance evaluations, and sound human resource practices are in place.
Direct: Based upon the organization's strategy and growth initiatives, direct the EVA staff to evaluate current members to determine their needs and interests matches the mission and values of EVA and advances the framework, progress toward goals and objectives outlined in the EVA strategic plan.
Transform: Empower staff and stakeholders in all aspects of the organization’s programs within an environment of team work.
Lead: Maintain a climate that attracts, retains and motivates a diverse and competent staff.
BUDGET AND FINANCE
Provide: Work with the staff, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors in preparing a budget; and see that the organization operates within budget guidelines.
Progressive management experience in a social justice organization, community center, or other non-pro?t organization.
College degree in a related ?eld, or equivalent; Advanced degree preferred.
Experience and strong interest in supporting the lives of low-income families or those in poverty.
Ability to create a positive and attractive environment to foster membership and community engagement.
Ability to create and implement effective fundraising, marketing, and public relations programs and activities to promote and increase EVA membership.
Proven experience working ef?ciently and effectively with a Board of Directors.
Proven fundraiser with ability to develop and implement fundraising strategies.
Ability to participate actively in Equal Voice Action’s lively schedule of activities and events on weekdays, evenings and weekends.
Strong organizational skills.
Experience with social justice issues.
Experience with membership development.
Ability to leverage external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.
Familiarity and history of active engagement in a region or across the United States, including potential individual and institutional funding sources.
Experience with operation and organizational management
Familiarity with 501c(4) codes and federal regulations.
Visit www.EqualVoiceAction.com website to learn more about us. The position is open until filled. Equal Voice Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and seeks a diverse and inclusive work environment and culture. Key Words: Chief Executive Office, Chief Operating Officer, Stakeholders, Constituents, Management, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Board Relations, Vision, Leadership, Financial Management, Planning, Project Management, Strategy, Vision, Operations, Nonprofit Finance, Nonprofit Accounting, Grassroots, Organizational Development
Equal Voice Action has partnered with Another Source, an external recruitment firm, to assist in their hiring process.
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